A cottage believed to be the Coast’s second oldest building will stand at least a little longer after councillors agreed to investigate renovation and relocation options.
Gatehouse Cottage, on Wharf St at Yandina, dates back to about 1891.
Its future on that site is limited, due to property owner Melinda Jones’ desire to build a duplex where the cottage currently stands.
She has gifted the cottage to Sunshine Coast Council if they can organise for its removal.
The cottage could be demolished with the approval of a private certifier because it is not on any heritage registers.
Options to retain the cottage were investigated by council officers during the past month.
They came back with the possibility of leaving the building where it stood and exploring other development options with Ms Jones, moving it to a neighbouring road reserve or taking it to Tea Tree Park in Yandina to stand near Yandina Historic House.
A council officer confirmed the building was of historical significance and it was likely a submission would be made to have it added to the council’s heritage register.
It will require some structural work such as door widening before it can be opened for public use.
Cr Greg Rogerson said during Thursday’s council meeting that the Yandina and District Historical Association and the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers groups were interested in using the building if it was moved to Tea Tree Park.
He said about $50,000 was a realistic cost of moving the building, re-stumping it and doing the plumbing and electrical work required for it to be ready for use.
Cr Ted Hungerford didn’t support the motion for more investigation, based on the condition of the building.
“I believe the cost of this, I just cannot justify,” Cr Hungerford said.
Cr Jenny McKay asked what price could be put on history.
She said a dollar value could not be put on it and urged other councillors to give the cottage a second chance.
Councillors did not define a time limit for when they expected the more-detailed report to be completed but noted Ms Jones was keen to get her building works under way and sought a decision urgently.
[Reprinted from Sunshine Coast Daily ‘Historic cottage defies demolition, for now’